In my Fiber Group our challenge for May was to make a block using something other than fabric. I think they said "non-traditional" stuff. Well, they probably didn't say "stuff". But you know what I mean. Non-traditional stuff. For the most part.
I was totally on board with that and even knew what I wanted to do before I left the meeting. It was something I have wanted to do for a long long time.
And it came from my (very messy as you can see) laundry room no less! I generally toss in a sheet made of this special stuff that attracts loose dyes from the washer water as your clothes swish around. One day, a while back, I thought that it might be interesting to do something with them. So I began to save them.
I saw that they often had interesting patterns. The day I washed the rug in my bathroom anteroom (yes, my bathroom has an anteroom!) I got a really deep color! It was exciting!
I just keep putting the same sheet back in the washer time after time after time until I get a deep color or an interesting pattern. Yes, I have to admit, I began buying a lot of black, dark blue and bright color things to see if I could affect the color!
Here one that just came out of the wash and I smoothed it out.
Here is one that I ironed smooth.
They ironed easily and didn't stick to the iron or get overheated. Nice!
I pieced the squares, sliced and diced the pieced squares and sewed things back together a few times.
Here is the finished piece. Oops! I forgot to take pictures of the pieced piece, sorry! The flowers are made from a sheet I bunched up.
Of course you know what the leaves are, right?
Here is the back of everything. It is a piece of hand dyed Kona that I forgot to add the soda ash to and it didn't have much color.
The whole thing was interesting to do. It was a nice challenge that got me thinking about how wanted to work with the color catchers.
And I had the opportunity to learn about something new.